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The starting point of these films was to get a group of children or young people together to discuss sex, relationships and well-being related subjects and for them to be actively involved in creating each film.

 

The film-makers worked with the young people to help them create credible and coherent stories, which form the basis of the films. The whole process was supported by health professionals, teachers and workers from Walsall.

All of the films were created using participatory video techniques to enable young people from Walsall to develop characters, devise dramatic situations and share informed opinions that their peers would find interesting, entertaining and informative. We wanted other young people to recognise the authentic experiences portrayed in these films and relate to them directly, enabling them to engage more fully in any follow-up discussions.

Each resource has been aimed at specific Key Stage groups, but this is not a rigid definition and must be open to interpretation by the health professional, youth worker or teacher delivering their own programme of work. Please refer to Guidance. The FAQ's page has helpful advice about SRE and answers to some general and technical queries.

All of the films are Catcher Media presentations for NHS Walsall – Teenage Pregnancy Team. Managed by Walsall Council Creative Development Team.

The following is an extract of an article in the Guardian and it sums up what EasySRE is all about. EasySRE films and resources are about sex education but they are equally about forming healthy and informed relationships

Sex education is in crisis
Sex education in our schools is shockingly inadequate, hit hard by cuts even though its benefits are proven


"Young people consistently report that SRE is too much about sexually transmitted infections (STI) and saying no, and not enough about feelings and relationships. It's an ongoing poverty of provision that is beyond baffling, when we know that evidence-based, relationship-focused, age-appropriate teaching, delivered by specialised staff, has been proven by decades of research to reduce teenage pregnancy and STI rates while developing young people's confidence to say no as well as yes – and to access the services they need when they need them."

Libby Brooks The Guardian, Monday 4 February 2013